Welcome to St. John's Church, Lafayette Square—a vibrant historic Episcopal church located across from the White House. We invite you to join with us for worship, Christian fellowship and outreach.


From our organization as a parish in 1815 to today, St. John's Church has provided a powerful symbol of faith in the heart of our nation's capital.


At St. John's, we believe Christ is calling us to be a renewed church in a changing world. In worship, education, parish life, and social action, we seek to expand our horizons by serving God by loving one another.

Clergy, Staff, & Vestry

Meet St. John’s diverse and engaging clergy, vestry and staff.

Directions & Parking

Located at the corner of 16th and H Streets in Northwest Washington, St. John's is near the McPherson Square and Farragut North Metro stations. Limited street parking is available; free valet parking is offered for certain hours.
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Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Psalm 80 Genesis 44:18–34 1 Corinthians 7:25–31 Mark 5:21–43
Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.—Hebrews 13:5
This is the passage I carry with me always. It is the first thought when I awaken, and it allows me to sleep at night.
I began my teaching career through the Teacher Corps, working in the inner city with very young children. Much of my later life has been working internationally, also with very young children. A universal truth is that all young children need warmth and security and desire the protective arms of a loving parent.
And, yes, children will test their wings, rebel and flee—and they must in order to grow. But the idea of a welcoming parent with open arms is ever so wonderful.
I have been raised to believe that during Lent we are encouraged to search our souls, reflect, and take stock. How comforting that Christ’s promise to not forsake us allows us to strive to be honest in our search of self!
I may flee and rebel, but He stays constant. He is the same “yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
The idea of a welcoming Heavenly Father who will never leave me and who will never forsake me is my lifeline and something I believe in with all of my heart.
My prayer for you this Lent is that we all experience His warm and loving arms embracing us this day—and every day.
–Susan Lewis



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